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Journey of a DPT Student

PT Prerequisites

Published April 25, 2011 4:11 PM by Lauren Rosso

This week will mark the end of my prerequisite classes and I can honestly say I haven't looked forward to anything this much in a long time. I have recently found myself resentful of the classes and seriously lacking motivation, particularly since I was accepted to a physical therapy program. What I find most frustrating is the recognition that the majority of what I am studying will not in any way apply to my career. Maybe I'm completely off base in thinking that the principle of linear superposition won't apply to physical therapy, but I'm really struggling to find a connection. I understand the importance of requirements and standards, but I can't help but feel like it is a waste of money and time.

I am also starting to realize that the academic standard to which I have been held for the past two years is wildly different from what I am about to encounter at Pitt. While the subject matter for chemistry and physics isn't simple, the course structure and requirements are not difficult. (I'm not sure if I would have had a different experience had I taken these as an undergraduate.) The problem is that I wonder how I am going to fare when I am back in a challenging academic environment. It has been three years since my last truly difficult course, so I'm expecting a complete shock to my system for at least a few months.

I don't know what to expect academically. All I do know is that I'm starting to stress myself out about it, which probably isn't beneficial. Hopefully I'll look back in a year and laugh at myself, but right now I'm feeling less than confident.


Marcus-  I just happened to stumble upon your response (just a few months late!)  As I'm now one month in to the DPT program, I couldn't agree with you more.  For the first time in my life, I am excited about and invested in what I'm learning.  It makes such a big difference.  Thanks for all of the advice and please keep it coming!

Lauren Rosso July 6, 2011 4:51 PM


Take a deep breath and relax! Yes, the core classes you have been taking seem like a waste of time and money and truthfully, probably are! But just remember what you are going to school for. Once you get into your professional classes you will be filled with excitement and real emotion as that is what you will be doing for the rest of your life. You will not have a problem getting back into the swing of things.  Just keep yourself organized and do your work in a timely manner and it will all get done. It sounds like you have a strong head on your shoulders, you will be fine! Goodluck!

Marcus Redline May 4, 2011 7:24 PM

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